There are days when a trip to the morning skate isn’t completely worth it. Today may have been one of those days.
Maybe if I hadn’t rushed to get here, I wouldn’t have hastily tried to unload a new dresser out of my car all by myself, leading me to drop one of the drawers on the driveway, cracking the front in the process.
Anyone have a couch I can sleep on?
And to think, all that just to tell you that essentially nothing has changed. Though he woke up thinking playing tonight was actually a possibility, Martin Straka decided otherwise after the skate, and will miss at least one more game.
Nigel Dawes was indeed called up for insurance purposes in case Ryan Hollweg couldn’t play, but Hollweg’s bruised sternum is manageable enough, meaning Dawes is already headed back to Hartford.
And of course, Brendan Shanahan will return tonight against a severerely undermanned Flyers team. Playing their second game in as many nights, Philly will be without Richards, Upshall, Gagne, and Gauthier. In other words, hope you enjoy the Phantoms.
Meanwhile, the question was posed about Kevin Weekes. The back-up indeed took part in drills this morning while Henrik Lundqvist rested. He walked off the ice saying he felt good, but the problem remains trying to get enough work in between now and the end of the season. Tom Renney said he doesn’t anticipate giving Lundqvist a rest anytime soon, so Weekes will have to seize on his chances to stay sharp during practices.
If not, maybe I can offer to pepper him with my 60-mile-an-hour slappers. If nothing else, it will get him ready for the Old Timers Games.
Finally, one last amusing nugget from today. While we were waiting to talk to Renney, the same painful techno music was blaring above. Renney rolled his eyes and joked that it was his coming from his iPod.
“Wasn’t this your wedding song?” I asked.
“It’d probably be my divorce song,” the coach said.